Language: Old English
Origin: gesiht


1 noun
sight1 S2 W2

ability to see

[uncountable] the physical ability to see [= vision]:
Anne's sight is very good for someone of her age.
He began to lose his sight six years ago.
an emergency operation to save his sight
You will get a free sight test if you are under 16.

act of seeing

[singular, uncountable] the act of seeing something
sight of
Just the sight of him made her go all weak.
at the sight of something
Marcie will faint at the sight of blood.
The house is hidden from sight behind trees.

thing you see

a) something you can see
familiar/common/rare etc sight
Street dentists are a common sight in Pakistan.
As he reached the front door he saw a strange sight.
the sights and sounds of the forest

➔ not a pretty sight

at pretty2 (3)

➔ sorry sight

at sorry (8)

the sights

[plural]DLT famous or interesting places that tourists visit:
In the afternoon, you'll have a chance to relax or see the sights.
the sights of
So, Maria's showing you the sights of Copenhagen, is she?

in/within sight

a) inside the area that you can see:
I glanced around me quickly. There was no one in sight.
They burned every house in sight.
The boys get home and eat everything in sight.
Since my hotel was within sight, I told him he could go.
b) likely to happen soon:
Six months from the start of the strike, there is still no end in sight.
Peace is now in sight.

within/in sight of something

a) in the area where you can see something:
We camped within sight of the lake.
At last they came in sight of the city.
b) in a position where you will soon be able to get something or achieve something:
Dan was now within sight of the championship.

in your sights

if you have someone or something in your sights, you intend to achieve it or get it for yourself or to attack them
have somebody/something in your sights
Rogers had victory firmly in his sights.

out of sight

outside the area that you can see:
Karen waved until the car was out of sight.

out of sight, out of mind

used to say that people soon stop thinking about other people if they do not see them for a while

disappear/vanish from sight

to disappear:
'Will she be all right?' asked Jen as the car disappeared from sight.

come into sight

to appear:
when the ship at last came into sight

on sight

as soon as you see someone:
The army has been ordered to shoot rebel soldiers on sight.
Jo disliked him on sight.

not let somebody out of your sight

to make sure that someone stays near you:
Since the accident, Donna hasn't let the children out of her sight.

be sick of/can't stand/hate the sight of somebody/something

to dislike someone or something very much:
Alan and Sam can't stand the sight of each other.
Everybody hates the sight of you.

a sight for sore eyes

a) someone or something that you feel very happy to see
b) British English someone or something that is very unattractive or very funny to look at

a (damn/darned/darn) sight more/better etc

informal a lot more, a lot better etc:
I know the place a damn sight better than you do.
The old lady is a sight cleverer than Sarah.

be a sight

also look a sight to look very funny or stupid, or very untidy or unpleasant:
We'd had an all-night party, and the place looked a bit of a sight.

sight unseen

if you buy or choose something sight unseen, you do it without looking at the thing first:
I can't believe you would rent a place sight unseen.

be a (beautiful, strange, frightening etc) sight to behold

formal used to emphasize that something or someone looks very unusual, for example because they are very beautiful, strange, or frightening:
His garden was a sight to behold.
His face was not a pleasant sight to behold.


[countable usually plural]PMW the part of a gun or other weapon that guides your eye when you are aiming at something

➔ at first sight

at first1 (6)

; ➔ know somebody by sight

at know1 (3)

; ➔ lose sight of something

at lose (1)

; ➔ set your mind/sights/heart on (doing) something

at set1 (13)

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